The evening of September 24 was filled with the excitement of pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic’s modern jazz style. Vasiljevic and his quartet dazzled a New York City audience at Drom in the East Village with a night of highly original music from Vasiljevic’s debut album, “The Path of Silvan
”, comprised of eight original compositions. The quartet’s members were Dimitrije Vasiljevic (Serbia) on piano, Brad Shepik (USA) on electrical guitar, Ayal Tsubery (Israel) on upright bass and Alessio Romano (Italy) on drums.
The performance began at 8:00 PM and was streamed live over the internet via Gander.tv, delighting Vasiljevic’s fans in his native Serbia and around the globe. Vasiljevic interacted with his audience, providing touching stories about the meaning of his compositions and the sources of his inspiration. From the outset, the interpretation was energetic and upbeat, the emotionally-charged music performed in a nuanced and balanced way by this highly accomplished quartet who brought Vasiljevic’s compositions to life through its internal chemistry and intricate improvisations.
Reaction and feedback from the international, multi-cultural New York audience was enthusiastic. The quartet’s dynamic performance in a club ambiance, together with the evident appreciation of jazz enthusiasts and connoisseurs made for a memorable evening and augured continuing success for Dimitrije Vasiljevic on the New York jazz scene.
The performance closed with a lively encore, “Dodge the Dodo”, written by the late Esbjorn Svensson who greatly influenced Vasiljevic’s musical expression. It was a fitting end to this wonderful night of European jazz flavors interwoven with Balkan motifs.
After the performance Dimitrije Vasiljevic wrote on his Facebook page to thank the audience for making it so “memorable and beautiful”.Vasiljevic can be heard again in a solo piano concert on October 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm
at the Tenri Cultural Institute (43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
) in New York City. He will perform own compositions as well as several original arrangements of songs by Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis.